Arguably Barcelona's most iconic square, the Placa Reial (or 'Plaza Real' to give it its Spanish name), is a beautiful quadrangle in the Gothic Quarter flanked on each side by ochre houses with wooden shutters and decorated with palm trees, Gaudi-designed streetlamps, public seats and a bronze fountain. One of the city's social hubs, there's always something going on in Placa Reial, as tourists sip their sangrias in the many restaurants and cervecerias or crack open an illegal can of beer sold under the policemens' noses by impish immigrants. As day turns to night, clubs like Sidecar and Jamboree quickly fill up with backpackers and other party animals as the plaza becomes a centre of Barcelona's nightlife.
reviewed by David from Spain on Feb.27.2013
Why do you say "illegal can of beer"? We do not have an open container law in Spain - it's perfectly legal to drink a can of beer while out on the street or in a public square.
reviewed by Oliver from United States on Feb.22.2012
placa reial is the catalan name for plaza real
reviewed by from Finland on Jul.11.2011
Whatever its called the square is so beautiful especially when the sunlight is touching the apartments around the edge and the top of the palm trees. Amazing that you can find such a place in the middle of the city
reviewed by Red from United States on Sep.21.2010
Why is it called Placa Reial if Plaza Real is the Spanish name? Confused
reviewed by Benji from United States on Jan.25.2010
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I could spend all day in Placa Reial/Plaza Real! Such a colorful human circus... bring your sketch book!
reviewed by Casey from United States on Jan.08.2010